August 13, 2006

OLD CONTEMPORARIES:

Ancient, but Not Obsolete: Even Though He's Pushing 50, the Mets' Franco Is Still Feeling the Pull of the Game (Dave Sheinin, 8/13/06, Washington Post)

Sometimes when Julio Franco comes to Washington, he looks up an old friend and pops in for a visit. Sometimes that friend is tied up running the country, so Franco just gives President Bush a quick phone call to say hello instead.

"We go back a looooong way," Franco said Friday afternoon of the former Texas Rangers owner, an attendee at Franco's wedding. "We're very good friends."

It makes sense that Franco, the New York Mets' veteran first baseman, would have remained close to Bush since their Rangers days. After all, Franco, who turns 48 on Aug. 23, is much more a contemporary of Bush, who is 60, than of teammates such as Lastings Milledge, 21, or David Wright or Jose Reyes, both 23.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 13, 2006 10:20 AM
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